A trip to the emergency room and 2 #covid shots later

It’s been a crazy morning but we all survived. Emmett went to bed complaining about pain behind his ear. He had a really hard time sleeping and kept me up for most of the night. When we woke up this morning, he was in tears because it hurt so bad.

I could barely keep my eyes open but the kids had to be at Akron Children’s Hospital before 10am for their second COVID shot. That was an absolute priority but I was concerned because I didn’t know what was going on with Emmett.

Ultimately, I decided to drag Elliott out of bed early, which he wasn’t happy about, and head to the ER at Akron Children’s. My thought was that I’m only one person and I needed to be in two places at the same time. I’ve not yet figured out the physics of splitting myself into seperates and managing situations that really requires two people to navigate.

If I was able to get Emmett checked out in the ER, we literally only had to take the elevator to the 4th floor for their shots.

If for some reason, Emmett wasn’t able to get his shot today, I would still be able to get Elliott his.

I figured, I would have to likely try and make arrangements to either get Elliott to the 4th floor, ask is they could give him his shot in the ER, or if staff could chill with Emmett while I took Elliott myself.

Overwhelmed. I was definitely feeling overwhelmed but what else am I going to do at 7am? I’m a single parent, and as such, don’t always have the luxury of help. I could have called my parents but I felt I would be able to figure this out and I did.

Traffic was horrible the entire way. I’m talking miles and miles of stand still traffic for absolutely no reason. Very, very frustrating.

While I was physically on my own, I did have a great deal of moral and emotional support along the way. It made all the difference for me and I’m so grateful. Thank you. 

The ER was empty and we got in immediately. The offical verdict was a combination of swimmers ear and an ear infection. This came on last night and he hasn’t been swimming in almost a week. Very weird but that was the diagnosis. They cleaned his ear out, and put him on meds, that I’m currently waiting for delivery of. The good news is that it was nothing serious and he could still get his shot.

We eventually headed upstairs to knock that out and we were able to get in over an hour early. Both boys did fantastic and we grabbed some lunch on the way home. Currently, they’re both passed out and I don’t expect them to wake up anytime soon. I’m thinking about sneaking out to the gym because I missed it this morning and I really want to go. Rather, I really need to go burn off some of this restless energy.

Outside of that, I have zero plans for today. I might be power washing the house in preparation for the outside painting this weekend.

Assuming the boys are feeling okay, I think they wanted to have a bonfire tonight. We’ll have to see how things go but we can definitely do that if they’re feeling up to it.

I’m really hoping that the kids do okay with the shots. Elliott didn’t have any reaction the first time but Emmett did. Regardless, it’s absolutely worth it and I feel better knowing the kids will be protected, especially considering the concerns about the new delta strain. Very scary.

Anyway, a huge thanks to my friends at Akron Children’s Hospital for being awesome as always. They have never let us down and I can’t recommend them enough. Thank you Akron Children’s Hospital.

Lastly, I want to say just how much a well timed call or text, reminding me that I’m not alone and that I have someone in my corner, if or when I need them, helps. First of all, it means a lot, and that can’t be overstated. Secondly, it helps. It just does. So thank you. ☺

I think I’m gonna hit the weights, feel better, and come home in a better mindset. Yesterday was a leg day and I’m feeling pretty good right now. I think it’s going to be an arms, chest, shoulders, and back day – today.

Wish me luck…

Rob Gorski

Full time, work from home single Dad to my 3 amazing boys. Oh...and creator fo this blog. :-)
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